There are still challenges, though, as all the manufacturers who make the correct fabric for the masks’ filters are from China or the United States. Supply chains are being stressed, and it’s becoming difficult to get the masks tested. Businesses from across the Canadian automotive industry are being asked to step up and make equipment that could help those on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, and Ford Canada is apparently the latest to throw its hat in the ring.Ford Canada said early April it will be working with the Ontario and federal governments to distribute face shields throughout the province. “By re-purposing our production facilities in Windsor to meet the urgent demand for face shields, we can help protect the lives of our heroic healthcare professionals and first responders as they continue to treat the most vulnerable among us,” said Dean Stoneley, president and CEO, Ford Motor Company of Canada. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Several auto parts suppliers across the country have switched production from vehicle components to face masks, too, Flavio Volpe, president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA) told the Financial Post.“It would be very foolish right now to rely on trading partners, especially when our main trading partners have been hit harder by COVID-19 than we have,” said Volpe.“So we’re saying OK, if we need masks, and export controls are going to be an issue everywhere including the U.S., then let’s figure out how to make them here.”The Canadian Press reported later in the day April 7 that Vaughan, Ontario-based The Woodbridge Group completed its first shipment of 1,000 Level 3 face masks for distribution from the facilities it usually uses to produce the foam for car seating.RELATED Canadian auto parts makers team up to build ventilators with three companies Trending Videos The shipments are scheduled to begin next week. RELATED TAGSFordFlexNew VehiclesFlexInstagramOntarioToronto The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca SHARE STORY See More Videos Our up-to-date timeline of coronavirus’ impact on the auto industry In conjunction with its facilities in Kitchener, Ontario, it plans to produce one million N95-certified masks per week.Engineers at McMaster University are also taking part in helping Canada’s auto industry make the stark switch in output, the institution itself having helped developed an assembly line process for turning out surgical and N95 masks in just two weeks. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information.